Adolescent engagement in HIV research in Africa

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Anyone who has been involved in youth (14-24 years old) engagement in
HIV research in Africa can participate.

The open call is organized by 4YouthByYouth (learn more here) and
supported by the Adolescent HIV Prevention and Treatment
Implementation Science Alliance (learn more here).

We are looking for your input on creative ways adolescents (age 14 to 24
years) have engaged in HIV studies in Africa. Do you know of any ways
youth have participated in HIV research beyond being participants or
joining an advisory board/group? If so, we would love for you to share
your ideas with us

You can submit your idea through email
(africayouthopencall@gmail.com), WhatsApp and Google Forms.

In order to submit, you need to complete a brief form and describe the way that youth were engaged in research. There is no need to have a research study focused on the project.

Yes, you can submit an entry on behalf of a group of individuals. The submission process is the same and you will note this on the submission form.

An open call has a group of individuals solve a problem and then share exceptional solutions with the public.

No, you can submit as many entries as you want. At the same time, be mindful that quality of entries is more important than quantity. If you plan to submit your idea as a team or group of individuals, please avoid
submitting multiple entries from members of the same team, and instead select a single individual to submit an entry on behalf of the team.

The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2021.

Submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
 Innovation
 Feasibility in Africa
 Clear description of youth engagement
 Extent or degree of youth engagement
 Scalability in diverse African settings

Most prizes will be based on merit, although we will also give some based on participation. The steering committee will make final decisions about prizes. Finalists will help co-create a peer-reviewed manuscript as co-authors and receive a commendation.

Finalists will be notified of their selection through email or telephone number in March of 2021. Applicants who are not shortlisted will not be contacted.

World HIV Self-testing Contest

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HIV Self-Testing is a type of HIV testing you can do by yourself. It allows you to collect your own test specimen, perform the test, and interpret the results in private, either alone or with guidance from someone you trust

An open challenge is a process that identifies a development problem, creates and publicizes the problem to seek tangible solutions from the community. It involves soliciting ideas from the public to address key issues and develop promising solutions in an open, efficient way.

Anyone between the ages of 14 and 24 with an idea that could help to promote HIV self-testing among Nigerian youth.

No, you do not have to be from a specific field to be eligible. We believe that innovation is a multidisciplinary approach that involves a rigorous exchange of ideas. So we welcome young people from different backgrounds and fields of study.

Individuals may enter the Contest only once; an individual may not participate on more than one team

Teams may consist of not less than two and no more than five individuals meeting all the eligible criteria.

The 4YBY contest is absolutely free to attend. We will also provide refreshments!

Feasibility, impact and desirability of idea. The evaluation criteria are also listed in the contest handbook.

Designathon

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A designathon is a series of events where people come together to solve problems. The aim of the designathon is to learn, build & share creations over the course of a weekend in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Anyone! No matter what field you work in, what level of experience you have, if you are ready to work with others to tackle big issues, we would love for you to join us. We believe that by sharing our diverse perspectives, talents and ideas with each other, we will be better equipped to tackle issues in innovative ways

Top ideas are ideas that best answer the contest question and that we believe have the most potential for impact among Nigerian youth, selected by our Contest Advisory panel and our team according to the evaluation criteria.

You can submit ideas for products, technologies, services or other kinds of digital innovation that address the health issue highlighted in the contest question.

You will be notified by email once you are selected

Admission to the event, food, and swag are all FREE

No, each team is restricted to submit one idea

In the event that you have intention of switching your team, please alert one of the contest organizers as soon as possible or email us at info@4yby.org

To ensure commitment and to avoid conflict of interest, you are not encouraged to join more than one team

If you don’t know about how to pitch ideas, don’t worry – learning is a huge part of the this experience. We will have workshops on all subjects and mentors to answer questions and help out teams. Come with an open mind, you’ll work with a great team, learn a lot, and most importantly, have fun.

Bring your laptop and any accessories that you might need. We’ll be providing some hardware to work with, as well as supplies (lots and lots of post-its, markers, etc), as needed. Also, food will be provided!

Of course – it is encouraged! This event is about learning and sharing knowledge. Use #4YBY to let everyone know what you are up to.

Innovation Bootcamp

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Bring your laptop and any accessories that you might need. We’ll be providing some hardware to work with, as well as supplies (lots and lots of post-its, markers, etc), as needed. Also, food will be provided!

Of course – it is encouraged! This event is about learning and sharing knowledge. Use #4YBY to let everyone know what you are up to.

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